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  • Dyslexia Specialist Certificate - Wilson Reading System® Certification

    An exciting opportunity for teachers to complete the coursework and training hours for the WRS Level I Certification

    The Dyslexia Specialist Certificate provides the courses required for the Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I Certification, and also offers the opportunity to work with a certified WRS trainer to complete your observation hours.

    At Drexel, we are committed to preparing teachers to meet the diverse and changing needs of students today. The Dyslexia Specialist Certificate prepares teachers and tutors to work with students who are reading and spelling below grade level or have been diagnosed with language-based learning disabilities. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the sound-symbol relationship of the English language, the structure of the English language, and how to use diagnostic techniques to help students who struggle with decoding and spelling.

    Program Features

    • Ability to receive WRS Certification Level I upon completion of the certificate program
    • Access to three WRS certified trainers from the School of Education faculty
    • A flexible and efficient path to a highly sought-after credential
    • Credits transfer into Drexel's MS in Special Education program

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    Our program provides the courses and training hours needed for Wilson Reading System® (WRS) Level I certification, and meets the standards set forth by the International Dyslexia Association.

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    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses  
    EDLS 620 Applied Methods in Multisensory Reading Instruction 1.0
    EDLS 621 Multisensory Reading Instruction 2.0
    EDLS 622 Basic Word Study I 3.0
    EDLS 623 Basic Word Study II 3.0
    EDLS 624 Multisensory Practicum I 1.0
    EDLS 625 Multisensory Practicum II 1.0
    EDLS 626 Multisensory Practicum III 1.0
    Total Credits 12.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with undergraduate GPA)
      • If you do not meet this requirement, you’re still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Program Director

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing the Multisensory Reading Instruction program. Please indicate if you hold any state teacher certifications (e.g. Secondary Mathematics; PreK-4; Elementary K-6, etc.)
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2023-2024 is $1079 per credit. (A 25% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1438 per credit)

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • The plan of study for this program does not allow for use of federal financial aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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